An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. Written by
The character played by Amanda Walker is nursing-home resident "Veronica Costello," based on the popular song "Veronica" sung by Elvis Costello and written by Elvis Costello and Sir Paul McCartney. That song tells the story of a similar Veronica. See more »
When Zachry is looking for enemies in his family's hut, he is holding the knife upside down. Several seconds afterwards, the knife is facing up. See more »
[shivering beside the fire]
Oh, lonesome night. And babbits bawling, the wind biting the bone. Wind like this... full of voices. Ancestry howling at you, yibbering stories, all voices tied up into one. One voice differing. One voice, whispering out there, spying from the dark. The fangy devil, Old Georgie hisself. Mm. Now your ear up close, and I'll yarn you about the first time we met, eye to eye.
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When a montage is shown of all the characters the actors are playing, the font of the names changes with each time period. See more »
A grandiose production and stellar cast doesn't help this overly ambitious mix come together in a coherent movie. The series of different stories isn't set up well in the beginning so it feels confusing for a while. Then when they sort of come together it isn't clever or convincing. Maybe this story was unfilmable. It just felt like a mix of bad movies shredded and mixed up together. It tries to have a common theme about standing up to oppression of some sort or other via corporate corruption, musical composition, the slave trade, science fiction etc but in the end it wasn't worth the effort.
The white actors acting as Asian and vice versa are distractingly comical although I understand there is a reason for it.
It's easy to see why it wasn't a box office success and didn't receive any major nominations.
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